SusChem is heavily engaged in the on-going consultation on the proposed European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water. A number of dedicated stakeholder consultations have been organised with the aim of ensuring a bottom-up approach to gain solid feedback and understanding of the needs and interests of all parties. SusChem has been prominent in contributing to this process.
"SusChem and the chemistry community are determined to show leadership in this area and make a significant contribution to solving water issues by working with partners to pursue large-scale projects which can demonstrate real value for society," commented Antonia Morales Perez, Innovation Manager at Cefic, who is coordinating SusChem’s input to the consultation process.
An initial Member State consultation meeting happened on 6 July 2011 and this was followed by a first Stakeholder consultation on 20 October 2011. For this meeting a draft consultation document was prepared by the European Commission for comment.
A co-operative Workshop with European Technology Platforms, including SusChem, took place on 15 December 2011 and a second Stakeholder consultation is scheduled for 1 February.
In the preparation of the proposed EIP on Water and to aid discussion at the 20 October meeting SusChem contributed written comments on the draft proposal.
At the 15 December ETP meeting SusChem made a formal presentation on the opportunities, challenges and issues for the proposed EIP from a chemical industry/ chemistry viewpoint.
The consultation procedure will deliver a communication for the EIP in the first half of 2012. If the EIP Water communication is endorsed by the Council and the European Parliament, the EIP on Water aims to be operational in early 2013.
For more information on the proposed Water EIP visit the dedicated webpages on the European Commission DG Environment website, or contact Antonia Morales Perez at Cefic.